Major changes are on the horizon for the Toronto Argonauts after a dismal 2018 season, according to Sportsnet’s Arash Madani.
As I told @sportscage tonight, the expectation is that one of Trestman or Popp won’t be back with the Argos in 2019.
There has been major friction with MLSE and Argos top football brass. Depending on how the off-season shakes down, both *could* be gone.
Now, back to baseball.
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) October 13, 2018
The Argos hired Marc Trestman as head coach and Jim Popp as general manager in late February 2017 and the duo led Toronto to a surprising Grey Cup championship last season. Shortly after the win, MLSE struck a deal to buy the Argos and as Madani reports there has been “friction” with the new owners.
The Argos are 3-12 after Friday night’s loss to Hamilton and have dropped seven straight games. They sit tied for the worst record in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes.
Trestman seems frustrated with the current state of the club and it’s conceivable he might return to the NFL or the upstart AAF as the 62-year-old has plenty of coaching connections south of the border. After winning the CFL title last year, there were reports Trestman was a candidate for the Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator job. His deal with Toronto, which still has a season to run, is worth more than $600,000 per season and if the Argos moved on from Trestman he would still collect that salary.
Popp is making similar money and also has a year left but MLSE certainly has no shortage of financial resources and would have no issue moving on from the pair if they feel it’s warranted.